Dominic David Fike is a 25-year-old American singer and songwriter from Naples, Florida. Born on December 30, 1995, the musician made a name for himself on the popular streaming platform Soundcloud, where he first started releasing music in the late 2010s. On Soundcloud, he was discovered and signed to Columbia Records.
Dominic David Fike
Alternative hip hop
Naples, Florida, U.S.
How Dominic Fike Got Started
- Fike grew up musical, starting to play the guitar at age ten. He has a younger brother named Alex, an older brother named Sean, and a sister named Apollonia. He cites groups like Weezer and Blink-182 as inspirations while he was growing up and eventually began rapping with a group that called themselves the Backhouse Collective.
- He actually made and released music while in jail. His first EP, Don't Forget About Me, Demos, was released while Dominic was on house arrest – he had been detained for battery of a police officer. Multiple labels wanted to sign him after they heard the EP, but he ended up opting for Columbia, who gave him a $4 million contract.
- At just 21, Dominic hit the top 10 in Australia, Ireland, and the UK with “3 Nights,” a single released via Columbia and produced by Capi Carbo. The track was also included on Dominic’s Soundcloud EP.
- The New Yorker did a profile on Fike shortly after the release of “3 Nights,” describing him as emulating “the beach-bonfire style of Jack Johnson, with some of the watered-down reggae of 311 and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.” The track was accompanied by a music video directed by Nathan Rickard and filmed in Dominic’s hometown of Naples, Florida. The video stars Fike and several friends.
- “3 Nights” was eventually certified Platinum and multi-Platinum in numerous countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom (2x), Australia (5x), and Canada (2x). The track now has over half a billion plays on Spotify.
- Thanks to his meteoric rise to stardom, Fike allegedly has a net worth of several million dollars in his highly successful career nowadays.
- In 2020, the singer was included in NME’s list of essential artists for the year. Following the success of “3 Nights,” he was covered by numerous music press outlets, from Rolling Stone and Triple J to HYPEBEAST and Ones to Watch. It was clear by the turn of the decade that Fike was gearing up to become a household name.
Building Up Momentum Throughout 2019
- In January of 2019, Dominic announced to fans that he was in the process of making an album. In the spring of the same year, he was featured on the YouTube channel for the highly successful pop/hip-hop group Brockhampton. Kevin Abstract, a member of Brockhampton, went on to direct his own video for “3 Nights.”
- That June, Dominic released two more singles, “Açaí Bowl” and “Rollerblades,” as well as “Phone Numbers” later in the year. In August, he went on his first tour, Rain or Shine. The tour took place between August and October 2019.
- In September, Dominic and designer Marc Jacobs released a collaborative clothing line, adding to his impressive string of achievements for the year.
- He notes that he hopes a kid like him will listen to his music and feel heard. He also makes no secret of his complicated feelings for celebrity and cancel culture.
Further Success in 2020 with a Debut Album
- In the spring of 2020, following a successful tour, Dominic released two singles for his upcoming album, which he announced was called What Could Possibly Go Wrong. The singles, “Politics & Violence” and “Chicken Tenders” (the first single from the record), added to the growing buzz and anticipation surrounding his upcoming full-length debut.
- Before the release of his own record, Dominic was featured on Halsey’s third album, Manic, in January 2020, further adding to his impressive discography.
- What Could Possibly Go Wrong was released via Columbia on July 31, 2020. The album features production work by Jim-E Sack, Dominic, The Roommates, and Kenny Beats, and it includes numerous previously unheard tracks, as well as Fike’s 2020 singles.
- The album reached No. 41 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and No. 4 on the US Top Alternative Albums chart and Top Rock Albums chart.
- NME gave the album a positive review, with Thomas Smith describing Fike as a “new age rockstar.” Smith went on to write, “Fike’s CV has got some useful references from Billie and Brockhampton, but his debut stands up all on its own. Comprising of [sic] 14 scorching, razor-sharp vignettes – some scarcely a minute long – this is the sound of a songwriter standing on the top of their mountain, chest puffed-out and giving it the biggun’.”
High-Profile Guest Appearances
- Dominic has been featured on numerous tracks by other artists, including:
- “Die for You” by Justin Bieber, from Bieber’s 2021 album Justice,
- “Photo ID” by Remi Wolf, a 2021 single
- “Terms” by Slowthai, alongside Denzel Curry on Slowthai’s 2021 album Tyron
- “Dominic’s Interlude,” Fike’s eponymous track on Halsey’s 2020 album Manic
- “Stop Her Selling Drugs” by Bakar, from Bakar’s 2020 album Will You Be My Yellow?
- “I’m Trying” by Yeek, from the artist’s 2019 album IDK Where
- “Hit Me Up” by Kenny Beats and Omar Apollo
- “Peach” by Kevin Abstract